Matthew Pallamary

Phantastic Fiction

Mastering the energies of your story

9:00-11:30 AM
Vista I

Writing a well-written narrative is mastering the energies of your story—the multi-faceted energies that determine the moods, reactions, choices and traits of your characters, the energies between characters, the drive of the pacing, action and dialogue to create a deeper, emotionally powerful resonance within your total story structure. If you ’re serious about your writing, this hands-on dramatic writing workshop will bring a new perspective to understanding these elements. All types of writing and genres are welcome, but the primary focus of the workshop is on literature of the visionary, supernatural, metaphysical, new age, horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Message to Students

I require of my students dedication and a willingness to listen and pay attention. My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC is to pace yourself and forget about writing for a while after the conference so you can integrate the experience on subconscious levels.


Multiple award winning author Matthew J. Pallamary’s historical novel, Land Without Evil, received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award and was adapted into a magical stage and sky show, which was the subject of an EMMY nominated episode of a PBS series,“Arts in Context.” Pallamary has taught a Phantastic Fiction workshop at the Southern California Writers’ Conference, the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, and numerous other venues for over 25 years. His memoir, Spirit Matters, took first place in the San Diego Book Awards Spiritual Book Category. He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures.

Writing Tip I Live By

Writing equals ass in chair.

Recommended Authors

Ray Bradbury (everything by), Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Pete Dexter,Terence McKenna, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Ruth Beebe Hill (Hanta Yo), Peter Matthiessen (At Play In The Fields Of The Lord), Schwaller De Lubicz (The Temple Of Man)…